The Master of Arts in Sociology program provides a solid grounding in the following three areas of specialization:

  • Criminology
  • Social Inequality
  • Urban Sociology

Sample Courses

  • SOC 6248 Race and Urban Redevelopment
  • SOC 6268 Race, Gender, and Class
  • SOC 6265 Women, Welfare, and Policy
  • SOC 6286 The Law of Race and Slavery

General Requirements

All students must satisfactorily complete at least 30 credit hours of graduate course work plus a thesis (SOC 6998 and SOC 6999). The following courses are required for the degree:


Three courses:

  • SOC 6230 Research Methods
  • SOC 6231 Data Analysis
  • SOC 6232 Qualitative Methodology OR
  • SOC 6240 Field Research in Organization Settings


Two courses:

  • SOC 6238 Development of Sociological Theory
  • SOC 6239 Contemporary Sociological Theory

Substantive Courses

Two courses in a major field and one course in a minor field must be completed. Currently available fields of specialization are criminology, social inequality, and urban sociology.

  • Criminology: SOC 6258, 6259, 6260, 6261, 6262, 6263, 6264, 6266, 6273
  • Social Inequality: SOC 6245, 6246, 6265, 6271, 6272, 6273, 6286
  • Urban Sociology: SOC 6248, 6250

With the consent of an advisor, one graduate course in a related department or program can be used for either one of the major courses or for the minor course requirement.

The Master's Thesis

The thesis is expected to be a research paper of publishable quality. The thesis committee will consist of two members, at least one selected from the sociology faculty.

Time to Complete Degree

Normally it takes two years for full-time students to complete their degrees. A part-time option (with a minimum of six credits per semester) is also available.

Program taught in:
  • English

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